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Neighbors Growing Together | Oct 25, 2014

Volunteering spirit

By Xiomara Levsen | Mar 20, 2014
Alexandria Sinn

Seventeen-year-old Alexandria Sinn, daughter of Pat and Greg Sinn of Washington, spends a lot of her time outside of school volunteering.
“I volunteered at Crooked Creek Christian Camp as a counselor last summer,” she said. “I have been teaching swim lessons at the Y since 2008 and have helped at the Washington County Courthouse.”
At the courthouse, Alexandria would help with office work, such as filing and copying in the county attorney’s office and in the Clerk of Court office.
Last fall, staff at Washington High School nominated Alexandria for the President’s Volunteer Service Award. This past week Alexandria found out she was receiving the award.
She doesn’t even remember filling out the application for the award.
“I was very surprised,” Alexandria said. “It’s an honor to receive it.”
The award recognizes people of all ages who have volunteered large amounts of their time serving their communities and their country, was granted by The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program on behalf of the President of the United States, a press release from Washington High School and Prudential said.
The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards sponsored by a partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) recognizes middle and high school students across America for their volunteer service.
Alexandria’s mother, Pat, said her daughter decided to become a volunteer after taking swimming lessons at the Washington Community Y.
“She started swim lessons at a very young age and progressed very fast,” Pat said. “One of the swimming teachers at the time, who was named Donna but doesn’t work there anymore, asked Alex to help her with lessons. Alex would stand alongside the pool and would help the younger kids with their strokes out of the water.”
Recently, Alexandria got her lifeguard certification, and is teaching swimming lessons at the Washington Community Y on Tuesday evenings and Saturday mornings, Pat said.
“She loves teaching it [swimming],” Pat said.
When her daughter has time she helps at the courthouse, where Pat works.
“She just loves coming in to help,” Pat said. “She’ll come in after school to do some office work.”
Pat thinks her daughter’s striving to volunteer comes from how much she cares about helping people out.
“She’s very observant and non-judgmental,” Pat said. “She’s very quiet and a shy person but cares deeply about other people.”
Besides volunteering, Alexandria is involved with the Washington High School Archery club and is using her volunteering hours toward the Silver Cord program, Pat said. Alexandria also volunteered at the Wiseman Booth during the Washington County Fair and will probably do it again this summer.
Alexandria has one message for her peers about volunteering.
“It can be fun if you find the right places and it makes you feel really good about yourself,” Alexandria said.


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